Dolphin Digest

A Monthly Newsletter from Jefferson Elementary School

Ready for a Fantastic Fall

Fall is in full swing and we have so much to be excited about at JES! October brings the end of our first quarter, Red Ribbon Week, our fall book fair, and so much more. I want to thank you for your participation in parent-teacher conferences. Strengthening our relationships with our students and their families is a priority for our school, and your voice is both valued and appreciated.


Serving as partners in your child's education is especially important as we rebound from two non-traditional school years. Thank you for the work you are doing at home to support student learning and provide additional practice. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher for resources, to ask questions, or to provide feedback. We are here to support you in any way and would love any opportunity to celebrate your child's success, discuss goals, and develop strategies together for areas of growth.


I am so proud of our students and staff. We have already accomplished so much this year, and I cannot wait to see what we are able to achieve together during 2nd quarter.


Mattie Hughes, Principal

Fall Book Fair: October 25-29

Fall Book Fair is HERE and our students are so excited! We have so many wonderful books and other items to choose from. Please remember to send money if you would like for your child to purchase from the Book Fair during his/her library time. Thank you for your support!

Red Ribbon Week: October 25-29

JES takes a stand against drugs and bullying! We strive to have good character and make good choices each day. Check out the special days we have planned in support of Red Ribbon Week.
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Storybook Pumpkin Patch: October 25-29

Fall brings PUMPKINS and they aren't just for porches and carving! Our students are getting creative by turning a pumpkin into their favorite storybook character. Please see the guidelines below. We can't wait to see what the results of this fun schoolwide event!
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Upcoming Dates

Week of October 25 - Red Ribbon Week, Fall Book Fair, Storybook Pumpkin Patch


October 27

Professional Collaboration Day - Early Release at 11:45


November 4

Fall Make-Up Pictures


November 7

Change your clocks! Daylight Savings Time Ends


November 11

Veterans Day Drive-Through (more information will be sent home with your child's teacher)


Week of November 15 - American Education Week


November 18

Storybook Trail - Fall Literacy Event from 6-7 pm


November 22

Interim Reports


November 24, 25, 26 - Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

Congratulations October Blue Dolphins!

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Coming Soon - JES Storybook Trail

We are so excited for this event! Check out the flyer for more details. We are asking for candy donations. There are some great candy sales after Halloween or you may have leftovers from lots of trick-or-treating. Please drop any donations off in the front office. Thank you for support in making this a special event for our students!
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Important Information

2021-22 Academic Calendar:


The 2021-22 Academic Calendar can be found here and on our district and school websites.


Student-Parent Handbook:


The 2021-22 JES Student-Parent Handbook can be found here and is also accessible on our website. Paper copies were sent home with all students at the beginning of the year. If you did not receive a paper copy, please reach out to our office staff and one will be sent home with your child.


2021-22 In-Person Operational Plan:


York School District One's 2021-22 In-Person Operational Plan, as well as information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, can be accessed at york.k12.sc.us/tlc.


Title I Information:


Jefferson Elementary School is a Title I School which is determined by pupils in poverty reports. The purpose of Title I, Part A of Public Law 107-110 is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging state content standards and to meet the challenging state performance standards developed for all children.


This purpose is accomplished by such efforts as:


  • providing an enriched and accelerated educational program;
  • promoting school-wide reform through school-wide programs or through additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
  • significantly upgrading the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development; and
  • affording parents meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at home and at school.


The district welcomes input into the Title One plan through involvement in the planning team, offering input via surveys, or otherwise providing input via phone calls, email, or personal conversations. Interested parties may contact Lisa Spangler in the district office or the principals at any of our Title I schools.


Parent participation and involvement are also encouraged in all Title I Schools through parent sessions, attending parent conferences, serving on committees, offering recommendations and suggestions, and attending workshops and family events.

Attendance Matters!

Help your child succeed in school by building the habits of good attendance! Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school - and themselves. Absences and late arrivals add up and can cause students to miss essential learning experiences.


  • Regular attendance is critical to your child’s success in school, is regulated by South Carolina state law, and is reported.​


  • If a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian must send a note to the school explaining the absence within 3 days of the student returning to school. ​


  • Students who are out of school for medical reasons should provide the school with a doctor’s note upon returning to school. ​


  • The school will be allowed to “excuse” no more than 10 school days with a parent/guardian note. ​


  • The attendance laws state that a Truant Child is defined as “A child ages 6 to 17 years that has accumulated 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences.” If your child becomes truant, you will be required to come to the school to develop an Attendance Plan.​


  • If you are experiencing a situation that may impact your child's attendance, please contact Ms. Brown or Ms. Hoyt for assistant. We are here to help!
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We Welcome Your Feedback

We always welcome the opportunity to receive feedback from our families, whether it is something you want to celebrate, an idea you would like to share, a staff member you wish to acknowledge, or any area in which you feel we have room to grow. Want to reach out? Please click here to be directed to our feedback form.
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Our Students Are AWESOME!

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